§26-8-2. Patients; expenses; disposition of receipts.
The department of health and human resources shall admit to
the hospitals, under its rules, persons requiring hospital care and
shall treat free of charge persons accidentally injured in this
state while engaged in their usual employment, but preference at
all times shall be given to persons accidentally injured:
Provided, That the executive director of the workers' compensation
commission shall pay to the hospitals for the treatment of anyone
entitled to benefits or aid out of the workers' compensation fund
the same fee or expenses that would be paid to a private hospital
for similar treatment. All moneys collected under this section
shall be paid into the state treasury through the state
commissioner of public institutions as required in section
thirteen, article one, chapter twenty-five of this code.